Doctor of Ministry
Christian Spirituality Cohort
REGULAR APPLICATION DEADLINE: October 27, 2024
The study of Christian spirituality shouldn't be a sanitized endeavor, cut off from life and ministry. Instead, it must be integrated with daily life, engaging with everything we encounter and experience. Therefore, the first three years of the cohort in Christian Spirituality will dive deep, not just into the history of mystics and monastics, but also into the spirituality of nature, family, film, and fiction. Along with exemplary co-teachers, Tony Jones will lead this cohort through the legacy of great spiritual classics, into the quiet woods of Northern Minnesota, and into the fast-moving scene of LA film and television. By studying where we can find God in these diverse environments, students will be equipped as better Christian leaders. And more importantly, students will have myriad opportunities to connect with God and renew their own spiritual lives.
Themes: Theology of Christian Spirituality; History of Christian Spirituality
Reading Course (Winter Quarter): Jan-Mar, 2025 (Online)
In-Person Seminar (Spring Qtr): May 19-23, 2025 (Pasadena, CA)
Writing Course (Summer Qtr): Jun-Sep, 2025 (Online)
Meeting location: Hybrid Online and 5-day In-person Class at Retreat Center
The concentration of our first gathering is to frame up the entire three-year experience, developing a broad and robust understanding of just what is “Christian Spirituality.” Tony Jones will work with the students to develop a personal “theology of Christian spirituality” which will guide the student throughout the course of study.
Themes: Spirituality & Creation
Reading Course (Winter Qtr): Jan-Mar, 2026 (Online)
In-Person Seminar (Spring Qtr): June 1-5, 2026 (BWCA, MN)*
Writing Course (Summer Qtr): Jun-Sep, 2026 (Online)
In the second year, we will meet in Minnesota and explore the connection between Christian spirituality and nature, including forays into the north woods and waterways of the Boundary Water Area Canoe Wilderness, with a special emphasis on Jürgen Moltmann’s theology of creation. Students will be challenged spiritually, intellectually, and physically to connect their ministry lives to the broader creation, and to the Creator.
Other Resources: Brad Shannon and Adventurous Christian Outfitters
*Meeting Location: Quetico, Canada (Canadian side of Boundary Waters)
Themes: Spirituality & Culture; Spirituality & Film
Co-teacher: J. Ryan Parker
Reading Course: Jan-Mar, 2027 (Online)
In-Person Seminar: May 17-21, 2027 (Los Angeles, CA)
Writing Course: Jun-Sep, 2027 (Online)
Meeting location: Fuller Main Campus & Hollywood
The nexus of Christian spirituality and our everyday lives will be the focus of the third year, with Tony Jones teaching on cultural hermeneutics and challenging the students to take their theology of Christian spirituality—developed in year one—and apply it to the world in which we find ourselves. Ryan Parker, Ph.D. in theology and film, has worked in Hollywood for over a decade will be screening films with us and catalyzing theological reflection.
Other Resources: Craig Detweiler; Barry Taylor; Rob Johnston
Doctoral Project Phase (12 units)
- 4-unit elective (independent study or elective from Course Schedule)
- DM710: doctoral project proposal online 10-week course (2 units)
- DM706: doctoral project writing course (6 units)
Tony Jones is the author of Did God Kill Jesus? (HarperOne, 2015) and contributing writer to several periodicals. He’s written a dozen books, including The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier and The Sacred Way: Spiritual Practices for Everyday Life, developed the iPhone app, co-hosts the Killer Serials Podcast, and teaches at Fuller Theological Seminary. Tony is a sought after speaker and consultant in the areas of emerging church, postmodernism, and Christian spirituality, writing, and the outdoors. He served as a consultant on the television show, The Path, and he owns an event planning company, Crucible Creative. He holds an A.B. from Dartmouth College, an M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary. Tony is married, has three children, and lives in Edina, Minnesota